YUBA COUNTY Biographies
GEORGE ERNEST NUTT
An influential native son, prominent as supervisor of the third district of Yuba County, of which body he is chairman, is George Ernest Nutt, who was born five miles southeast of Marysville, near Ostrom Station, March 29, 1872, a son of Samuel Doty and Harriet Augusta (Wilbur) Nutt, natives of New Jersey and New York, respectively. In 1858, Samuel Doty Nutt crossed the plains with a government train of soldiers that was sent to Utah to quell the Mormon trouble. This train, commanded by Captain Hancock, consisted of 186 six-mule teams and a regiment of American soldiers. Mr. Nutt came to Benicia, Cal., where the stock was sold at a government sale. He then went to work on various ranches, and drove a stage over the Bret Harte trail from Marysville through Rough & Ready and to the mountains. He settled in Yuba County, and took up a quarter-section of government land, situated five miles southeast of Marysville, near Ostrom Station, once known under the name of Reed Station. He farmed on this piece of land until his death. He passed away when he was seventy-seven years old; Mrs. Nutt came to California via the Isthmus of Panama; and she passed away at the age of sixty-two years. This worthy pioneer couple were the parents of six children: George E., of this sketch; Minnie Frances, Mrs. Anderson, of Arboga; Ida Olive, Mrs. Huffaker, deceased; Otis, at Wheatland; Ward, at Durham; and Arthur Francis, whose sketch is given on another page.
Ern Nutt, as he is familiarly known by all of his friends, attended the district school in Virginia District, and remained in the home of his parents until he was married. At Sacramento, the day before Thanksgiving, 1904, he married Miss Ginevra Dunn, a native of Greene County, Mo., and the daughter of John B. and Margaret (Love) Dunn. Her father, who was a farmer, came to California in 1875 and settled near Wheatland, in Yuba County, and Ginevra was educated at Wheatland. After his marriage, Mr. Nutt leased a ranch of 840 acres for five years, on the White, Cooley & Cutts grain ranch. He purchased eighty-seven acres just north of Wheatland, and devoted seventeen acres to vineyard and eight acres to peaches. He installed a four-inch pump on this ranch and improved it materially, building a fine modern bungalow. In 1916, Mr. Nutt was elected supervisor of the third district of Yuba County; and so well did he fill the place that he was reelected in 1920. He is serving his second term as chairman of the board. Mr. Nutt believes in substantial public improvements; so he inaugurated the concrete bridge program, and now there are twenty-one concrete bridges in his district. The road work has also been enlarged; so much so that his district is now practically all graded and graveled. Politically, he is a Republican. Fraternally, he is a member of Sutter Lodge No. 100, I.O.O.F., Wheatland. Enterprising, progressive, and hospitable, Mr. and Mrs. Nutt have won the esteem and confidence of their fellow citizens, who appreciate them for their straightforwardness, honesty of purpose, and true worth.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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